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[650] be paid to volunteers for nine months service. November 4th, Fourteen thousand dollars were appropriated for State aid to soldiers' families.

1863. April 6th, State aid was directed to be paid to soldiers' families during the year, as provided by law, and the treasurer was authorized to borrow money for that purpose.

1864. March 7th, Forty thousand dollars were appropriated for the payment of State aid. June 9th, The bounty to persons enlisting for three years was fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars, and twelve thousand dollars were appropriated to pay the same. Provision was also made to give the returning soldiers belonging to the town a public reception by the citizens. Several other meetings were held during the year to encourage recruiting and to pay bounties.

1865. March 6th, The selectmen were directed to continue recruiting, to pay bounties, and to furnish State aid to the families of volunteers. Money was appropriated for these purposes.

Milford furnished one thousand one hundred and forty-two men for the war,1 which was a surplus of one hundred and thirty-two over and above all demands. Thirty-five were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was sixty-two thousand six hundred dollars ($62,600.00). Fourteen thousand eight hundred and thirty-two dollars were contributed by private subscription. Total amount, $77,432.00.

The amount of money paid by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $6,419.86; in 1862, $20.500.00; in 1863, $22,715.76; in 1864, $28,000.00; in 1865, $18,500.00. Total amount, $96,135.62.

The ladies of Milford devoted much time and labor to provide comfortable under-clothing and sanitary stores for the soldiers all through the war; among which were 98 hospital gowns, 257 pillow-cases, 240 sheets, 77 pairs slippers, 222 pairs

1 Milford claims to have furnished twelve hundred and five men for the war, all of whom were inhabitants of the town. This would make the surplus one hundred and ninety-five.

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